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S Asian rivals end terror talks
By Barbara Plett
BBC News, Islamabad

Indian Additional Secretary in External Affairs Ministry KC Singh, right, shakes hand with his Pakistani counterpart Tariq Osman Haider in Islamabad
The fact the talks took place is seen as progress
India and Pakistan have issued a joint statement after the first meeting of an anti-terrorism panel.

It says the sides agreed the guidelines of how the mechanism will work.

The tone of co-operation does not reflect earlier frustrations expressed by Pakistani officials disappointed at what they called a lack of progress.

This was the first time the regional rivals had held talks about fighting terrorism together, and that in itself was seen by many as a step forward.

Train attack

The brief statement says the two sides agreed to exchange specific information that could help ongoing investigations or prevent terrorist attacks.

It says the anti-terrorism panel will meet four times a year, but the two heads of the mechanism can directly discuss any urgent issues.

Pakistan had been hoping to hear more about India's investigation into the firebombing of a train last month which killed many Pakistani passengers.

Officials said the Indians only gave them the sketch of a suspect, said to be from Pakistan.

They said the Pakistani side handed over a dossier with specific evidence showing that Indian security agencies were involved in terrorist acts in the province of Balochistan.




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